The Best Pasta Recipe


Friday, December 20, 2013

My go to meal is this pasta dish.  I could eat pasta pretty well every day - but it’s a good thing I don’t!  The italians have it right in terms of simplicity - this dish can be as delicious with a few ingredients as with more.  Here is my version:

The Main Ingredients:

1 lemon zest

Juice of 1 lemon

Good olive oil - 1/4 cup

3-4 cloves crushed and minced fresh garlic

1/2 bunch italian parsley chopped

Course salt to taste

Grated parmesan cheese

1 package of dried of fresh pasta

Bring water to a boil

Add 1 tbsp salt and 1 tbsp olive oil

Add the pasta and cook to instructions


Meanwhile in a deep skillet: 

Slowly heat  the olive oil and add the crushed garlic.  Sauté for about 1 minute only  until soft.  Do not brown the garlic!  Turn the heat off, when the pasta is cooked, drain and add the oil and garlic mixture toss with lemon zest and lemon juice and a dollop of course salt.  Top with parsley and parmesan cheese.  


Extra Ingredients:

These are all things you can add to this basic dish to the heated olive oil in the pan if you wish:

1/4 cup capers drained 

2 tbsp pine nuts

1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes

1 tsp or to taste - dried hot peppers

Cherry tomatoes sautéed slightly in the oil mixture until wilted

Cooked shrimp or chicken

Grated pepper